melissa suarez commented on Share Your Story 2020-07-13 16:44:55 -07002-15-2017 Dad was assaulted by a robber on his personal business. Mid day lunch hour. Dad was attacked with punches to the face immediately losing consciousness & hitting the concrete floor. Dad started reacting with convulsions and seizure like activity. Paramedics rushed Dad to the hospital with life threatening injuries. Brain bleed, brain hematoma. This causing a Severe TBI (traumatic brain injury). This caused Dad to be in a 1 month coma. Dad’s recovery has been an insanely long journey. Having to relearn everything. As of a rebirth of some sort. Breathing on his own, talking, eating, walking, sitting up, etc Post TBI has caused life long permanent damages to the brain. Dad now suffers from memory loss, memory issues in general, a form a dementia. Dad is no longer a business man. He is forever retired from it. The lack of cognitive functioning, the decrease in awareness, & critical thinking. He needs consistent brain therapy & guidance in everyday life. There are a lot of family dynamics in this story. Just 2 years after TBI, just 2 years into recovery, just 2 years into rehab, courts allow Dad to marry girlfriend. Prior to marriage, a settlement agreement was in place for adult children visitation rights. Now wife, manipulates the courts into thinking “guardianship” is no longer needed. Court approves, settlement agreement taken away, visits taken away. No more rules to follow. The isolation abuse goes into immediate affect. It became very difficult to visit Dad in any way possible. The image of villains have been place on the adult children. That the adult children are bad & stress Dad out. We visit Dad too much & it needs to be to a minimum. Dad has a phone but never ever calls adult children. When Dad is called, he never answers. 24hrs to a week then Dad returns a call that lasts 5-10Min. The case is ongoing, my family is suffering, my family needs a lot of help. We need help financially for our future attorney fees. Since day one we have been though many complications & have always been looked as if we are bad adult children. That we don’t what the best interest for our Dad. We want to feel he is still part of our lives after going through such a traumatic experience & his life changing forever. He is a vulnerable adult. #tbiadvocate #tbi_mja
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